Novak Djokovic will play for five or six more years, says Marin Cilic


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Novak Djokovic will play for five or six more years, says Marin Cilic

In an interview with The National, Marin Cilic commented on the younger players' potential and how the older guys are trying to keep being at the top. Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex De Minaur have been just some of the successful Next-Generation players in recent times.

“I think one of them, or a few of them, are going to excel much more in the next year or two", said Cilic. "But also, what is a difficult part is that they have to keep improving, keep adding to their game, because Novak (Djokovic) is still going to be playing for another five, six years.

Who knows what’s going to be with Roger (Federer)? Rafa (Nadal) as well. And even I’ll be there for another four, five, six years. (Kei) Nishikori, (Juan Martin) Del Potro, Zverev - many guys that aren’t going to go away and their game are not going to go down.

So it’s on the youngsters to bring it up as well. There is a question: how much the game can be better if you compare the game of what Roger plays, what Rafa plays, what Novak plays – can any of them play a better game on a consistent basis through the year? That’s the question”.

Cilic is 30 years old. He is proud of his longevity: “I feel I’ve been on the tour a long time but I don’t feel that I’m fed up with it. I’m feeling that the years went quickly and when you take things step by step, week by week, season by season, everything is a little bit easier.

Even if you shorten it to the tournament by tournament or match by match, things go quickly. You’re focused on that and your mindset is really set on doing things the right way. And then you look at things; OK I have another seven or eight years of playing, you’re thinking, ‘Man, that’s long’.

But generally, I’m feeling good. The only part of my career that I had problems related to injuries were my knees. Even at the start of this season, it was a little bit of a problem with that and I feel generally really good with the rest of my body, but I think towards the end of my career I think the knees are going to determine how far I can go”.

A few weeks ago Djokovic got praised by Andre Agassi.